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My Thoughts on the Passing of Bill Paxton

Howdy people of the internet, this is a blog post I didn’t expect to write any time soon. So yesterday the world was made away about the passing of Bill Paxton and there’s been a lot of condolences and beautiful thoughts shared about him from celebrities and fans alike, so I just wanted to share my own thoughts.

So after I left work yesterday evening and was waiting for some fast food I decided to check the internet for some superhero news and then I saw on Comic Book Movie and saw a headline about Bill Paxton passing away at 61 years old. Honestly I thought it was a joke, so I had to check Google straight after and it was confirmed on multiple sites and honestly I got so frigging sad. Now a number people state that getting sad about celebrities that you don’t know is silly/unnecessary, but screw it I can’t help it. Paxton is one of those actors I’ve been aware since I my childhood and while I never really knew who he was specifically until I was a teenager, he’s always been one of those guys you not only knew by face, but also knew he’d deliver a solid performance as well.

I don’t know if I saw him in Aliens or Twister first, but Twister was the film that put him on my radar, I saw that film a good few times when I was younger and as I got older whenever I watched a film with him in it, I’d be like “Hey it’s that dude from Twister, I like that guy.” It wasn’t until 204 when he made a good few appearances in films and TV that he really started to ascend in my favourite actors. And even now going through his filmography, I’ve seen him in a good number of films that I never even knew he was there, and that doesn’t mean he’s invisible, but it just shows how much work he’s done over the decades. We got films like Weird Science, Predator 2, Titanic, Might Joe Young, and even 2 Guns, a film I enjoyed at the time I forgot about his appearance there too.

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But my favourite roles were the punk dude from The Terminator, Bill Harding, the leading man from Twister, the stringer Joe Loder from Nightcrawler and one of my favourites, Master Sergeant Farell from Edge of Tomorrow. And then of course you had his appearance as John Garrett from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., say what you want about the Marvel show especially in season 1 but he brought a lot of fun, humour and badassery to Hydra and the show in general.

What really stung about the news of his passing was the fact that I met him. I got to meet him at London Film & Comic-Con in July 2015 a few years ago and he was the nicest dude ever, so kind, welcoming and funny, and getting my picture taken with him was honestly one of the highlights of my life. I look forward to checking out my of his filmography, and though he’s gone he’ll never be forgotten because he was 100% badass.

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Posted by on February 27, 2017 in Films, Life, Media, Television

 

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London Film & Comic Con 2015 Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, today I’m gonna give you my thoughts on the London Film & Comic Con took place on the past weekend. I went last year and had a pretty good time (read my review here), so I decided I to go again because there was people at the convention this year I just had to see. Unlike last year I’ll only be talking about the one day that I experience rather than the three-day experience that I had before. There’s a lot to get through so let’s get started!

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Now for those unaware, this convention is to do with films, TV, comics and video games. But the big focus is primarily on the special guests who attend, most people who go are normally coming to meet the celebrities who are there for talks, photo sessions and autographs signings. Otherwise you can buy a range of merchandise including, clothes, toys, anime and manga, DVDs, comics, artwork, posters and so on. In addition to that you can play video games new and old, see writers and artists of comic books or take pictures of cosplyers. So now I shall talk about my experience.

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My experience started out fine, I got the venue okay (even though I got one wrong train beforehand) and when I stepped outside the building I lined up in a long queue around 08:45am and for the first 20-30 minutes it was fine, but then the line stopped moving and there was nothing, for AGES. There was also a line across the road that was moving and yet we stuck at a stand still for at least an hour. My legs weren’t too jolly and I was getting a bit irritable, but EVENTUALLY the line moved and I got into the building just after 10am. So what did I get up to? Well I cruised around, talked to some fellow attendees. Got to see some cool toys, t-shirts and art. I even got to meet up with an old friend at the convention who I’d met at last year’s convention too. And of course I got to take some pictures of cosplayers but I didn’t do nearly as many as I would have liked because it was too crowded and I constantly had to be somewhere.

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But I spent most of my day in queues, just moving from one to the other especially after 2pm. The only downtime I got was when I went upstairs and played in the video game section, while it was significantly smaller than last year’s it still had the one game that mattered and that was Super Smash Bros. Melee and you had to get stuck in. Just like last year I got into my groove real quick and started schooling some kids. I felt kind of bad because two of them weren’t that familiar with Melee’s game mechanics, one of them didn’t know how to do recovery attacks! I felt terrible and had to give them pointers. Out of the three there was one kid who was pretty good with Kirby. That being said I still kicked all of their asses on multiple occasions as Link, Donkey Kong and Captain Falcon to name a few. At one point the youngest kid got really pissed off and really wanted me dead shouting “I hate Donkey Kong!”, “Let’s all team up and kill him!” And when he did kill me on the odd occasion he got so happy like “Oh yeah, I killed you! I’m happy when I kill you!” I was like damn, this kid has issues. But it wasn’t like I was going to play badly, I’ll never pull my punches especially when it comes to Smash Bros. and even played with characters I’m bad with like Yoshi, Zelda/Sheik and Marth and I still laid waste to my enemies, besides one sudden death match which I won, every other match was a straight win. After around 30-40 minutes I pulled out to give other people a chance to play haha.

20150718_120702Once again I came to Smash Bros. Melee and just owned people.

But the best part was meeting the celebrities. Firstly I got to meet Erin Cahill who played Jen in Power Rangers Time Force. Ever since 2001 she’s been my favourite Pink Ranger because she was tough, more fleshed out and was just as much of a main character as Wes (Red Ranger) was. And Cahill played the part so well and I’d been dying to get to meet her in the flesh, and on the weekend I got to and I was beyond happy. I was basically fangirling in front of her saying how nice it was to meet her and how I’ve waited so long, but she was so nice, warm and receptive to my admiration. Erin said she liked my smile and said that it was fans like me that make her like conventions like this. I felt so honoured to be in her presence and she hugged me twice. I was pretty much in the best mood ever and it wasn’t even midday yet. 😛

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Then after that I got to meet Jason David Frank, legendary Green and White Ranger from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (a good few other PR series’). Meeting him was a childhood dream, I’ve had a mad appreciated this guy for years and in the last few years where he’s appeared in Super Power Beat Down and at all these conventions through social media has only made me love him more, but seeing him, shaking his hand and getting actual photo with him has been the most surreal experience ever, possibly more so than Stan Lee (with Stan I mentally prepared for it, but this was different). He was so cool, enthusiastic and just genuine. 😀

me-and-JDFI got to meet one of my favourite actors from childhood. JDF is such a legend and is just as amazing in person! 😀

I also got a photo with the awesomeness that is Bill Paxton! I knew I had to see him in person after loving him in Twister, Aliens and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and he was such gentlemen. So funny and kind, I went over to him and he asked me how I was, I said “I’m fine, haha hail Hydra.” He laughed, we took the picture and he said “Haha, hail Hydra indeed.” Don. That was singlehandedly my favourite photo session moment. 🙂 But then I got to meet Sigourney Weaver, she was one of the main reason for attending the convention. I mean when else am I going to meet Ellen Ripley or Dana/Zuul in the flesh? Weaver’s an amazing actress and I was so giddy to meet her, after I took my picture she asked me “Are you having fun?” and I was like “Yeah!” So happy! 😀

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There were people I didn’t get to see/meet and stuff I never got around to doing. I never got to see Hayley Atwell (who I didn’t even know was attending until the morning I arrived, so gutted), I never got to see Michael J. Fox or Christopher Lloyd (super gutted especially about Lloyd) and Jason Faunt (Wes/red ranger from Time Force) even though I was right next to him on a few occasions I didn’t talk to him because I was short for time. I also didn’t get to talk to any of the artists at their stands and this time round I never got to sit down and see any talks at all. See, that’s how busy things got haha.

The thing about LFCC is that it is a pretty massive undertaking, the event is huge with A LOT to see and do, and if you’re not prepared you can be overwhelmed by the amount of chaos going on. There’s so many people, many places to go, so much to buy and SO MUCH SCHEDULING TO DO if you’re going after the celebrity signings and photo shoots. I had a lot of fun this year, but I was definitely done after my final photo shoot because all of the queuing I’d been doing. I’m not sure how I managed all three days last year, but I think that may have been because of the friends I was with and the fact that it was my first time. I will say that the venue was pretty big and cool but getting around proved to be quite troublesome and tedious because of the elevators that were always jam-packed and the stairwells that were full of constantly shifting people. And, just like last year, the organisation when it came to queueing not only to get inside the venue but also for the photo sessions was messy. While it was slighty better than last year, I still felt like the people who worked there just going with the flow and didn’t always have the situation under control.

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In conclusion my second year at London Film & Comic Con was frigging mint. Besides all the queuing, unorganised waiting areas and super sweaty movements while getting from point A to point B, I had a hell of a good time. I got to see so many famous faces, live out some of my childhood dreams and get my game on with Smash Bros. Melee. I left this event with such a good feeling and lovely memories. Something tells me I’ll probably be back again next year if I’m available.

So if you attended London Film & Comic Con this year what did you think? Did you go for one day or the full weekend? And if you didn’t go would you consider going next year? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews, Television, Video Games

 

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Twister Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for an unexpected film review as today we’ll be going back to 1996 with the film Twister. I remember this film from childhood and since it was on TV tonight I thought I’d watch it and then review it, so let’s get started.

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The premise for this film can be described as the following:

“Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.”

Now this is a film I remember from my childhood and have seen a good few times over the years and to this day I still like it. The plot is serviceable. You have your main set of storm chasers running after tornadoes mixed in with rival competitors and another story element involving the two main characters who have history that will need to be sorted over the course of the film. Its nothing you haven’t seen before, it’s also cheesy and a  bit clichĂ© with dialogue and character development, but for the most part it works, sure there’ll be times where you question the realism of what’s happening but in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter that much. I also think there’s something about disaster films from the 90’s with crazy action sequences that makes smile. This film in some ways reminds me of Jurassic Park, they are obviously two very different brands of film, however there are some subtle similarities like:

  • The way Jurassic Park made dinosaurs cool, this film made tornadoes cool
  • Has that 90’s kind of look and feel
  • Is the kind of film that could only work in the 90’s (as I don’t think it would be effective today, take Into The Storm for example)
  • There are those small signs before danger approaches, in this film you have wind chimes and TV’s losing their signals before Tornadoes hit. In Jurassic Park you had large sounds, shaking water and small tremors that gave you an indication that a Tyrannosaurus Rex was coming

When it comes to the cast they’re pretty good and this film is notable for my introduction to actress Helen Hunt and actors Bill Paxton and Philip Seymour Hoffman, a fact I never realised until now haha. Firstly there’s Helen Hunt who is as Dr. Jo Harding, I think Hunt was great, she’s this obsessed meteorologist with issues from her past conflicting with her current line of work and of course when Bill comes into play, that changes things too. Then there’s Bill Paxton who does a great job as Bill Harding, Bill is a weather reporter and former storm chaser, he’s trying to move on with his girlfriend but as fate would have it, things don’t go his way and he ends up finding his way back to Jo because of the tornadoes. Paxton and Hunt have good chemistry together and you can tell that they have ‘will they or won’t they’ attitude about them even if you know how it will play out. And then there’s Jami Gertz as Dr. Melissa Reeves, gosh, I don’t know how I forgot about how dull, petty and annoying this character was. I guess you’re meant to feel for her because she’s Bill’s fiancĂ©e and gets thrown into Bill’s old line of work which totally catches her off-guard and with Jo she clearly feels threatened. Gertz does her best with her material, however she wasn’t that engaging to watch really.

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Cary Elwes is good as Dr. Jonas Miller, Elwes the role of bad guy as he and his group of rival storm chasers go out and try to outdo who Bill’s group through corporate sponsorship and using their own version of ‘Dorothy’ (the idea for which he stole from Bill). Philip Seymour Hoffman is great as Dustin ‘Dusty’ Davis, he’s this hyperactive member of the storm chaser group and the most notable other character in the film. The guy’s carefree, humourous and totally charismatic, its one of Hoffman’s stranger roles but I love his energy and his character really reminds me of myself haha. And then there’s everyone else, they’re all secondary characters and while their performances are good, since they’re not as developed as the main cast you can’t really get attached, that being said, you do get a sense that Bill and Jo’s storm chaser group are a tight collective of people, a family unit who care about each other and are after the same goal.

As for the presentation, its pretty good. Visually the film is good, while the CGI may have aged quite a bit, for a product of the 90’s it looks pretty good and does the job when it comes to the tornadoes and destruction. As for the action I believe that they are still awesome as there are moments of genuine danger, thrills and memorable sequences which are both cool, absurd and lacking in realism especially that great moment when Bill and Jo drive through the house that got dropped on the road. And then there’s the soundtrack by Mark Mancina and Eddie Van Halen, while it does come across as a bit over-the-top and cheesy with the choir-like vocals, at the same time it feels pretty epic. In addition to that there’s all those cool songs included in the film, most dominantly of course is “Human Beings” by Van Halen, a song I’ve always remembered since childhood and still like the sound of.

In conclusion Twister, after all these years is still a good time. It is nothing overly amazing, but for a disaster film of the 90’s with all its cheese elements it still holds up rather well. The action set pieces are still pretty impressive, the cast led by Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton are fun and the music is kick ass. Maybe I’m a bit biased because of the nostalgia factor, but I reckon that if you haven’t seen this film then check it out, it’s silly but fun.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen Twister and if so what do you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Nightcrawler Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a fresh film review and today I’ll be talking about Nightcrawler. Now this was a film I had seen the trailers for but wasn’t initially interested in, I mean it looked interesting enough but I wasn’t sure what the film was about exactly and whether it would be my kind of film. But the other day I decided to check it out and now I’m ready to pass judgement.

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The film’s story can be described as the following:

“When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.”

The way I explain the story would be in following sentence: this is one maniac’s journey to be the best at what he does and he’ll do whatever it takes to get there regardless of the moral, ethical or legal ramifications.

I feel like that is a good summary for the main character and his actions throughout this film. Nightcrawler is a great film and that is largely thanks to its story, it presents you with something that you are familiar with (TV journalism) and presents you with the darker side of how it gets prepared before going to air. The film moves at a decent pace, and as we follow Lou things only get murkier and more dangerous with a great level of tension, suspense and action, all of it making the film more and more enticing. Now while these practices I doubt are used in real life, to see it portrayed in this film does give you a few things to think about like:

  • How far will individuals go to get the biggest news story?
  • Where does the moral line lie and should it ever be crossed?
  • Are people really drawn to tragedy that much that it would be featured as main story of a news channel?
  • Is the world of journalism really that corrupt?

Obviously some of these questions only relate to the film, but it does leave you wondering about a few details here and there. The one thing I can say that could be considered a nitpick is the ending, the ending for this film really surprised me and I left thinking “Really? Damn, okay, well that was unexpected.” Some may not agree with the way it was handled but I thought I should just point that out.

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When it comes to the cast they were all pretty good, but it is the brilliant performance Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom that steals the show. Lou is a man with ambitions and determination, however he is also corrupt, pathological and has serious issues with anger and being denied anything that he wants. There is something wrong and yet hugely engaging about Lou, he is a man who lies, cheats and uses blackmail to get a better life which makes him terrible, but he is also smart, a quick leaner, adaptable and can fight himself out of any corner he gets pushed into. Gyllenhaal is one of the actors I’ve seen people give a lot of grief to, much like Mark Wahlberg, people have questioned Gyllenhaal’s acting abilities or just his credibility, I believe that before 2009, he was just alright actor, good but nothing special. But after I saw him in Brothers and Source Code I became a fan and in this film he’s pretty much excelled to his highest level yet. The guy can act very well and takes on the persona of this very questionable human being who you would not want to associate yourself with.

Rene Russo was also great as Nina, she played a character who basically knows the way TV news works and is always interested in the next big story, so when she comes into contact with Lou and they form an alliance, she gets what she wants and so does he, however as things progress Nina finds herself in a bit of a tight spot and it seems like Lou is the only one who can help her. In the end she wants success just as much as Lou does and because of her assertiveness and self-centered attitude she will bend the rules to have her way. Russo was really good, I liked seeing her in the role that allowed her to be versatile in terms of her emotions so she could and she was believable too. Riz Ahmed as Rick was pretty good, he’s Lou’s sidekick. He joins Lou’s line of work not really knowing too much about it and having to learn on the go while questioning certain things along the way. I think his character was there to say what most audience members were thinking and get responses from Lou that you couldn’t say yourself. On and Bill Paxton was awesome as Joe Loder, any time Paxton is around in a film you’re normally guaranteed to like him and this film is no exception. This character pretty much taps into Paxton’s more charismatic and humorous side and it is delightful to watch. And another element about the film I really liked was the soundtrack by James Newton Howard, this man has done a lot of good soundtracks and this film’s sound is great, I liked the use of instruments and how the score had this strange balance between optimism and despair throughout.

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In conclusion Nightcrawler is a great film and is far more interesting and engaging than I thought it would be. The story is unbelievable and explores a lot of morals and ethics in the business of television news reporting and Jake Gyllenhaal gives is best performance to date as a character who is both which may just surprise you in a few days.

Rating: 8.5/10

So have you seen Nightcrawler and if so what did you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop a comment below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Looking Back On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1

Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb. Now I know Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is well into its second season at the moment, and as you can see, clearly I’m not doing episode reviews this time around and there’s two reason for that: 1) They are very time-consuming. And 2) While this new season has been airing I have actually been re-watching season one, so I’m currently not up to date, yet. Anyways, I just finished season one and thought I would give my thoughts on it as a whole, so consider this a review of sorts, a LONG one. Okay? Good, let’s do this! SPOILERS TO FOLLOW!

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So, AoS season one, well it was a rough season I can tell you that much. The show had so many hurdles to deal with not only before airing but also during its entire run. Not only was it coming off the hype of The Avengers and the other films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it also had to create a compelling setting, with good stories and characters to hold fan interest where none of the main superheroes were involved. Then there’s the early feedback on the show, which wasn’t bad, but it could have been better and those who weren’t fans of the show quickly spread their negative thoughts like wildfire which really affected the show’s viewership. Add on top of that the fragmented air times of episodes, unlike most TV shows, AoS had a terrible habit of pausing and waiting for certain Marvel films to come out, so you’d end up waiting for weeks just to see another episode, it was a major problem especially that really killed the momentum of the show.

However through all of its problems the show persevered and ended up being very fun. Sure it had some problems with early episodes being a bit hit and miss due to a lack of compelling stories, poor character development, heavy reliance on the Marvel films and not fully utilizing the comic book source material. But after Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s story came into play, this show did a total 180 and became more focused, aggressive, dramatic and action-packed. It pretty much became the show that fans had wanted in the first place. But it also helped that the early episodes had a great deal of build up prior to the big story twist as the pay-off felt so good.

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So now I’m going to break things down into sections; story, characters and presentation.

Story

When it comes to stories, at first AoS tried to tell its own stories that were separate from those in the Marvel films, but still tie them together through visual and verbal references. The writers did what they could to craft new, small-yet-important adventures for Agent Coulson and his team to tackle, the problem was that these stories weren’t nearly as compelling as the writers thought they were. Now I hate to compare this show to Arrow, because they are two very different shows, born out of different circumstances, however I watched the first season of Arrow after AoS and it was apparent straight away why Arrow was better, the stories were better. The pacing and tone of Arrow was better, the stories were consistent, the drama was real and the overarching storyline throughout. AoS only had a handful of episodes that were good prior to the Hydra storyline, besides episodic tales, there were stories that were started and dropped or dragged out for far too long (Coulson’s revival, the Rising Tide’s origin and the mystery surrounding Skye are just a few examples). However once Hydra came into play things got a lot better and engaging, the show felt like everything was falling into place and got better use of its source material too.

Best episodes:

  • Eye Spy
  • FZZT (personal favourite)
  • Seeds
  • T.R.A.C.K.S. (personal favourite)
  • T.A.H.I.T.I.
  • Yes Men (personal favourite)
  • End of the Beginning (personal favourite)
  • Turn, Turn, Turn (personal favourite)
  • Providence (personal favourite)
  • Nothing Personal
  • Ragtag
  • Beginning of the End (personal favourite)

Characters

The cast is one of the main aspects that was going to make or break the show and luckily everyone was up for the task. At first a lot of the characters besides and Agent Coulson and Melinda May were just dull and undeveloped, but over time they everyone had their turn in the spotlight and showed why they belonged on the show, and by the end of it this cast of people felt like a well-rounded bunch of individuals. So let’s talk about them individually.

Firstly Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, what can be said that hasn’t been said before? The dude is awesome, he was one of the best parts of the Phase One MCU films and this show gave us more of that. The man is still serious, hardcore and hilarious, but after his death and revival you could see that he was a different person and had some quieter, more emotional moments to uncover. Gregg acts his heart out and while it was weird to see his character not as assertive as he was in the films at first, that eventually got sorted and he was just as awesome as ever by the end of the season. Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May was the first of the new characters we had to adjust to and luckily she was one of the most compelling. A woman with a mysterious past, badass martial arts skills and a ‘silent but deadly’ personality? Sign me up! May brought a lot of the show’s action, style and humour, and it also helped she was played wonderfully by Wen (who I am honestly in love with at this point). Chloe Bennet as Skye is one of my least favourite people. From the beginning she got drafted into Coulson’s team, and since then she’d lied and got them in trouble, and yet at the same time she was there for them when they needed her and she stuck her life on the line when necessary. I just wasn’t keen on the way her character was handled, her progression felt shoe-horned rather than being natural. But Bennet did her best and it helped that she pretty too.

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Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons were two characters who had a hard time being developed at the beginning. As FitzSimmons they were two science friends who were quirky, energetic and constantly bickering, it was cute and funny, but sometimes annoying too. They had a while before people warmed to them, but after episode six I think people started to pay attention. Together they have a special kind of relationship akin to that of best friends or a brother and sister, though most people could tell that there was more going there especially for Fitz. I loved both Caestecker and Henstridge’s performances. And then we have Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, this guy was one of the most plain and boring characters in the beginning and fans were vocal about that from the beginning, however once he revealed he was part of Hydra the guy became much more interesting. To learn about his backstory, seeing how he planted himself in the team and pretended to be such a dull person just changed so much about him completely and I have to give Dalton props for taking on the role and reaping the rewards.

And then there’s the great supporting cast. B.J. Britt as Antoine Triplett was a great addition to the team, not only was he a capable replacement for Ward, but he because of his heritage he had ties to The Howling Commandos and his soft spot for Simmons created some nice tension between him and Fitz. Britt was great in his role, he had the right amount of charisma, sass and style to make him a good member of Coulson’s crew. Saffron Burrows as Victoria Hand was another great addition to the show, she was a strict, by-the-book kind of person who also didn’t smile a lot, but she was loyal to S.H.I.E.L.D. and created some interesting moments between the main characters. Patton Oswalt as Eric/Billy Koenig is one of my favourite characters to appear in this show as Oswalt is hilarious and brought his personality into his role in such a great way. Adrian Pasdar as Glenn Talbot made for a great antagonist who gave Coulson and his team a bit of trouble and expanded the MCU’s cast of characters just a little more.

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Ruth Negga as Raina is one of the strangest, creepiest and mysterious people to come out of this show, but that’s why I’ve liked her, she’s odd, but in a compelling kind of way and when you find out how deeply she’s tied to the bad people of this show, she does become more and more interesting. David Conrad as Ian Quinn, at first seemed like a disposable character, but with his skills, connections to bad guys and the Gravitonium, you knew he’d be sticking around and I’m glad he did. The guy is confident, stylish and talks big, but he isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and I really liked Conrad’s performance. J. August Richards as Michael Peterson/Deathlok was really interesting, from a potential hero to a full-on villain against his will, that was some cool stuff. I loved his story and transformation and Richards was just great as this cyborg who was forced to kill to ensure the safety of his son. Bill Paxton as John Garrett was probably the best addition the show, Paxton is one of those kind of actors who brings a good time to any project he’s on and that was the same for AoS. Garrett is a relaxed, hilarious kind of guy but is also very dangerous and a bit of a maverick, but he is made even better when revealed to be the big bad of the show, The Clairvoyant. As a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Garrett was a cool, but as Hydra leader he was so much better. The guy was evil and Paxton played that role to a tee and with such style, it was amazing.

At least the show was not above using good guest star material, having Samuel L. Jackson appear as Nick Fury was awesome, Cobie Smulders was also cool as Maria Hill, even having Titus Welliver and Maximiliano Hernåndez return as Agents Blake and Sitwell was awesome. But my favourite guest character was Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif, she was the best! All of these returning characters gave the show a great sense of continuity been the TV world and the film world.

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Presentation

As for the presentation the show was good for the most part but it had its problems. The visual effects were a bit hit and miss with super-powered beings like Deathlok jumping or when the Bus was flying around, sometimes the CGI was a bit blurry and lacking in detail but for the most part it was decent. The fight sequences were the highlight for me, seeing May, Ward, Deathlok or the Centipede bad guys throwing down was kick ass and choreography for the most part was really well-done. The soundtrack by Bear McNeary is also good, sometimes it can be a little cheesy and overblown, but for the most part it is thrilling, exciting and meaningful, and it works best during the more intimate moments.

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Conclusion

In conclusion the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a good time, it takes a while to get going, but once it does it doesn’t stop. While re-watching it, I didn’t like some of the earlier episodes as much as I did the first time round, at the same time, seeing the show again allows you to see so many things you wouldn’t have seen the first time round. Plus this miniature universe AoS has created for TV creates the potential for more comic book source material to be mined and possibly crossover material into the film universe as well. Only time will tell but this is a good start for the show, now let’s see if season two can do better.

Rating: 7.5/10

So what did you think of the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Were you a fan from the beginning or were you persuaded a little while after or do you just not care? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Edge of Tomorrow Review

Hello there people of the internet, time for another film review and today’s review comes in the shape of Edge of Tomorrow. Now at first I was interested in watching this film because of the story and Tom Cruise’s involvement. But then when the trailers came out slowly my interested died and I really started to hate that stupid song used in the trailers! So is the film good or bad? Well read on and find out.

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Here’s the synopsis for the film:

“In the near future, an alien race has invaded the Earth and defeated the world’s military units. Major William Cage (Tom Cruise), a military officer untrained for combat, is deployed into a combat mission against the aliens. Though Cage is killed in minutes, he finds himself starting over in a time loop, repeating the same mission and being killed. Each time, Cage learns to better fight the aliens, and he teams up with Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) to defeat them.”

The story is very intelligent, intriguing and ambitious. The best way to describe this film is a cross between Source Code and Terminator, and while this film clearly takes references from films like these and others, it has its own way of doing things that keeps you invested a unique kind of character-driven story. I liked the tone of the film as it was serious but also quite humorous and moved a decent pace throughout. At first the story comes across as interesting but not overly engaging, it’s not until Rita Vrataski comes into play that things start to become cool. The only issues I have with the film is that sometimes things slow down a bit at points and sometimes the story can get a little confusing.

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As for the cast they are all very good with the two leads, Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt doing well along with cool their co-stars. Firstly Tom Cruise as Major William Cage is awesome. For first time in ages Tome Cruise doesn’t play a character who isn’t automatically badass. Cage is a man who knows nothing about fighting, combat or war, and due to him being thrown into battle he has to learn and adjust and become capable of saving humanity. Emily Blunt is just awesome as Rita Vrataski. Blunt plays this well-known soldier who is well-versed in battle, but also knows what is going on behind the scenes with the aliens and Cage’s situation. I loved how cool, driven and how she is a no-nonsense kind of woman, but still has layers. Bill Paxton is incredible as Master Sergeant Farrell Bartolome. At first I couldn’t properly identify him, but I knew I’d seen his face before and then I finally recognizes his face and voice. Paxton’s character was awesome, he was commanding, funny and a smart-ass, but you had to love him because of his charm and great dialogue. Also Brendan Gleeson as General Brigham is delightfully gruff, blunt and another no-nonsense kind of person and he has some great lines in the film..

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When it comes to the presentation it was some good stuff. Visually the film is great, there is a lovely gritty and moody atmosphere that comes with the locations on and off of the battlefield, in addition to that the CGI and cinematography is very well executed providing some really cool and well-choreographed action sequences. Also the soundtrack by Christophe Beck was pretty good too.

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In conclusion Edge of Tomorrow is smart film that takes ideas seen in previous sci-fi films and puts an interesting spin on things with a good plot and great central performances from Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. While this isn’t the best film I’ve seen this year, it was a hell of a lot better than I expected and is possibly one of Cruise’s best films in recent years.

Rating: 8/10

So what did you think of Edge of Tomorrow? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Beginning of the End” Review

Good day to you ladies and gents of the interweb, after all this time we’ve come to the end of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with episode 22 entitled Beginning of the End“. Ever since the introduction of Hydra things have definitely been heating up in the story department and AoS has hit its stride, can it continue into the final episode and gives us a satisfying conclusion? Read on and find out.

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As usual in these reviews I’m just gonna present the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Cool? Okay let’s keep going.

The Plot

Dark secrets are revealed as Coulson and his team put everything on the line to stop Garrett and the forces of HYDRA.

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What I Liked

All I have to say is thank god they didn’t mess this episode up. The season finale of AoS was not only good but it was also one of the best episodes of the series. This was some solid TV here and I feel like there was loads to love in this episode with the various story plot points, different emotional moments, character development and cool action sequences. There is just an immense level of satisfaction you get as a viewer as so many of these different plot points and characters finally come together in an epic kind of way and still leaves so much more to be followed up on in the next season. I think this episode has a lot of the best moments of the entire series, the humour finally works most of the time, Coulson finally feels like the guy us fans fell in love with in the films and the set ups for the future are pretty cool.

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Here’s some of my highlights:

  • Fitz and Simmons Under the Sea: Honestly this was my favourite part of the show. There is just something about people who are the imminent danger who also confess their feelings for each that just gets me every time. After seeing these two get dropped in the ocean that there’d be some danger and drama, but I didn’t expect it to play out like that. For a minute it looked like things were completely hopeless, then the two find a way out, but then that glimmer of hope is ruined when Fitz says that only one of them can leave alive. Having Fitz ready to sacrifice his life for Simmons shows just how much he cares and how courageous he is too, but we also see how much Simmons cares for him saying that she didn’t want to leave him. Also Fitz finally told Simmons how he felt, THANK GOD! Dude finally grew balls and it worked so well in that scene. Both Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecke’s acting was incredible and very believable, the moments between those two were very emotional.
  • The Return of Nick Fury the Badass: Ah Samuel L. Jackson, you’re just one of the best guys ever and seeing you return in this episode just makes me smile. His return was just incredibly badass, coming down to save FitzSimmons in the ocean was cool. Also seeing him and Coulson together on-screen was beautiful and the two had great chemistry especially when they were talking during Garrett’s mad speeches and I’m glad that Coulson got to address his whole revival with Fury even if it was done mainly off-screen. Then there’s the moment when Coulson was appointed new director of SHIELD which was a powerful and important moment, I loved Fury’s words about taking time to rebuild and that he’d still be everywhere.
  • Garrett’s Grand Day Out: Garrett in this episode pretty much sounded crazy with all his talk of the future, ruling the world and monologuing while people aren’t really paying attention. Also seeing him kill one of the military guys was so brutal and badass and then there’s the moment when he knocked the wind of Coulson, kick ass. And of course there’s that moment at the end of the episode when he just rises up and gets that armoured suit and looks like he’ll return as a villain, but then is blown into oblivion by Coulson. That was totally unexpected and frigging funny as hell.
  • Action Galore: This episode went pretty hardcore with the action with the hand-to-hand combat and fire fights, from Coulson and Triplett’s assault on Cybertek to May vs. Ward and then seeing Garrett in action too. Seeing Coulson and Triplett together was great, the way they were vibing while taking on the bad guys was awesome. But what was even cooler was May and Ward going at it, that fight was really dynamic, there was wall-crashing, makeshift weaponry and some brutal punches and gets delivered, best part was when May shot Ward in the foot with a nail gun, badass!
  • Agent Koenig, Yay!: Man after seeing my boy Patton Oswalt get taken out a few episodes ago I never expected to see him again, but the moment when he appeared again gave me an immense amount of joy. But what’s even more interesting is the fact that this guy must be one of the life model decoys, his lines of dialogue were exactly the same, however this Agent Koenig had a different name. Robot!
  • Raina Knows Skye’s Father: Besides Raina’s conversations with Garrett that suggests she’s more than just a human, knowing that she actually knows Skye’s father who is some dodgy, bloody-handed man sitting in some dimly lit location makes for me so excited and curious to know who it is. I have no idea, however I am sure that the dude is dangerous and is probably come into play as a villain next season and at least we know where Raina’s alliance lies too.

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What I Disliked

Well as for the stuff I didn’t like as usual its nitpicking at best but it is still stuff worth mentioning. First and foremost, WHERE’S MY GRAVITONIUM? Annoyingly my Gravitonium was once again just side-lined and wasn’t used for anything. Now I understand in the grand scheme of things there’s not really as place for the stuff especially the way the story was going and I’m glad Quinn still has it, however the fact that it was introduced in episode 3, left for ages, rediscovered in episode 18 and then has no major development in the season at all is really disappointing for me considering the source material it’s based on. One other thing I had hoped for was more of a showdown with Garrett, now don’t get me wrong, what was on display was cool, but I had just hoped for more. Also is it wrong that I wanted either Fitz or Simmons to die in this episode? While I love them as characters, I like it when shows take risks and kill main characters because it really adds drama.

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Conclusion

In conclusion “Beginning of the End” is a great episode and is a very good end to this series. This episode had a great combination of action, drama and foreshadowing and it was handled smartly. There was so much to like and appreciate like the small character moments with Fitz and Simmons, seeing May unleashed her fury on Ward, John Garrett’s crazy yet awesome speeches and the return of Nick Fury. While there are still some questions left unanswered, overall this was a strong episode and I can’t wait to see what happens in season 2.

Rating: 9/10

So what did you think of “Beginning of the End“? Was it everything you wanted, were you disappointed or did you want more? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for my season review! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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LATE Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Ragtag” Review

Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my review of episode 21 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled Ragtag“. I really have to apologize again for the late review on this, but I have had the most hectic time at university recently, it’s really hard to balance between the blog and my work and not procrastinate. 😛 Anyways, AoS has been on a hot streak of recent, can it continue to keep up that momentum. Read on and find out.

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As usual in these reviews I’m just gonna present the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Cool? Okay let’s keep going.

The Plot

Ward’s betrayal and HYDRA’s shocking secrets are revealed as Coulson’s team goes undercover on a mission that leaves no one unscathed.

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What I Liked

This episode was really cool, I loved the non-linear approach and overall the information presented was really unexpected and insightful relating to Grant Ward and John Garrett which makes them even more interesting than ever before. While Coulson and his crew have their moments to shine, this episode definitely makes the bad guys come across on a more engaging level.

Here’s my episode highlights:

  • Back in the Day with Ward and Garrett: We have gotten hints at what Grant Ward’s past was like and have been getting little tidbits of information from Ward about how Garrett found him and basically made him who is today and in this episode we found out why. The flashbacks in Ward’s life are very interesting, insightful and badass with going from wimp to a man in a considerable amount of time and its all thanks to tough love of John Garrett. Garrett’s dialogue is amazing, its like he’s the Emperor from Star Wars seducing Ward to the dark side and its awesome. From the being in prisons in prison to being left alone in the woods to fend for himself, Ward’s had it rough. It’s no wonder he’s become the person he is today. Another interesting element is how the events in the past crossover into the present where Ward and Garrett are squabbling like an old married couple lol.
  • Coulson and May Undercover: Finally May and Coulson are back together and its awesome once again. Firstly seeing May smile so much is both unnatural and funny and Simmons’ comment about May not looking over 30 was great. Having them undercover and trying to talk smart under the guidance of Fitz and Simmons was funny especially when they started arguing. Outside of the awkward meeting with the Cybertech people, we got some more funny moments involving May and Coulson with a man in an elevator and a scene when May knocks out a guy in a hallway and still has to time to catch a phone receiver and adjust her glasses (so cool).
  • Checking out the Old-School Tech: The moment when Triplett busts out his grandfather’s old spy equipment was awesome, from Coulson and Triplett having nerdy conversations to Fitz setting the curtains on fire, it was fun and hilarious. To see the individual items and their different uses was great and like Skye said it was straight of a comic book. These small moments of nostalgia and throwback to the comics is what makes this show work.
  • Garrett’s Dying and is the first Deathlok?: Garrett’s such a bastard and he knows it, he’s running around, smiling and at first he has good reason to. Deathlok’s creating havoc for him on the news, Raina is close to recreating the serum that saved Coulson and Skye and his plans are moving ahead without problems… That is until he starts dying. The dude had a dodgy accident years ago that left him messed up, unfortunately the tech keeping him alive isn’t enough as his organs are giving out. Oh and by the way Garrett is the first Deathlok! What? Yeah, because of an incident many years ago he’s been and the reason he’s been after Coulson for so long and crafting the Centipede project is because he wishes to save himself and craft a super army for Hydra. Well we see Raina gives him the serum and Garrett has a crazy fit, but looks like he survives and he looks crazy and excited at the same time.
  • Fitz and Simmons are Going Under: Our two favourite smart people attempt to infiltrate the Bus where Garett is only to be intercepted by Ward. And our man Fitz has a great moment where he short circuits Garrett’s tech with an EMP device that leaves Garrett in dying state and his dying wish is to have Fitz and Simmons taken out. Our two scientists attempt to escape, but then Ward chances them into a corner. Fitz attempts to salvage their friendship but Ward ends up ejecting Fitz and Simmons into the ocean. Nooooo!

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Other things to note was the interesting points are the small conversations, like the ones between Raina and Deathlok, Ward and Raina or May and Simmons. Both are insightful and give us more to look forward to in the future. What really stands out is the fact that a place in China, where Skye was found was attacked and the people massacred by monsters, however the monsters were apparently Skye’s parents? What the hell? Now this show needs to stop messing me around and give me answers! I want to know what makes her so damn special! And what the hell was up with that ending? Centipede soldiers are back and ready to take out Coulson’s team? Madness. Cannot wait to see how they get out that one.

What I Disliked

The one thing I wasn’t keen on was how this episode tried to make me feel for Ward. Now I’m not sure if that was the writer’s intention, but it sure felt like the people behind this show was trying to get us to feel for Ward and make him seem like he’s still got some good in him by showing him struggling to kill the dog in his past or not shooting Fitz and Simmons in the present. Some people may want Ward to be good, but I don’t. The dude’s bad, he’s been part of Hydra for a long time, he’s killed, he’s a bad guy and I like it this way. Makes him way more interesting and fun. I want him to be bad and have no redemption, because if he doesn’t change his ways and gets back on to the team then that totally defeats the 180 he did in “Turn, Turn, Turn“, leave him evil!

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Conclusion

In conclusion “Ragtag” is a great episode and probably my favourite since episode “Providence“. The heavy focus on Ward’s backstory was great as it allowed us to learn much more about him and his history with Garrett (who was still a badass back then too lol) and seeing how it connected to modern-day Ward and Garrett was kick wonderful. On top of that there was a lot of interesting discoveries made in this episode and a some great set-up towards the season finale. There are still many questions left unanswered and many things that need clarification, I hope that we’ll get the answers.

Rating: 8/10

So what did you think of “Ragtag“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 22, THE FINAL ONE YO! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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LATE Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Providence” Review

Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my review of episode 18 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled Providence“. So it seems like AoS struck gold last week with “Turn, Turn Turn” with most people really loving the episode and believing that AoS has finally becoming the show they wanted in the first place. So how has this week’s episode fared? Read on and find out.

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As usual in these reviews I’m just gonna present the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Cool? Okay let’s keep going.

The Plot

With Colonel Glenn Talbot now on their trail, Coulson and his team seek refuge in the last place anyone would look, where they begin to uncover S.H.I.E.L.D.’S most dangerous secrets — secrets that could destroy them all.

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What I Liked

For me this was another solid episode, it picks up right where we left off before and weight of Hydra’s infiltration of SHIELD in the last episode can definitely be felt here as there are actions and consequences taken for both the good and bad guys. Trust seemed to be a key feature in this episode, it was really about knowing who is telling the truth or who is lying, knowing who to believe or who distrust and just having faith in general. I liked all of that stuff and then some.

Now let’s talk about my personal highlights:

  • Coulson The Believer, Coulson The Crazy: Another episode, another time you feel for Coulson. This must be his most emotional episode yet. Even after Hydra has brought SHIELD to the ground he is still a firm believer in the organization that he worked for and you want to believe in him and hope that his instincts are correct, but with all the recent happenings it is hard to ignore how questionable he looks. It also doesn’t help when he finds coordinates on his S.H.I.E.L.D. badge that he believes to be Nick Fury even though he is assumed dead at this point. He still goes after this supposed rendezvous point anyway even when his team questions him. His strong belief that Fury is reaching out to him makes him look crazy and delusional especially when Melinda May and other members of the team question his actions. This leads to one very emotional speech when they get to their location in the middle of nowhere and Coulson proclaims that they are still agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and that it carries weight, seeing the anger and desperation in his eyes in painful and saddening, but amazing thanks to the acting of Clark Gregg. Thank god Coulson wasn’t wrong though lol.
  • Fitz The Jealous One: Ah man poor Fitz, this guy has it bad. Last episode he almost got killed, now its back to him losing his friend to another man again. So here we have Fitz clearly aware of how much Simmons is attached to Triplett and clearly he’s annoyed, so he makes glares from the background and tries to contradict Triplett just to look cool in front of Simmons which is admirable but foolish. But the worst part for him is when in the woods he tells Simmons that he doesn’t want things to change between them and she says it’s too late for that, us audience members knows she’s referring to the new Hydra threat, but Fitz sees this more as the end of their potential relationship and the start of hers with Triplett. Our man is losing and you can’t help but feel for him. 😩
  • Garrett and Ward, Partners in Crime: Man these two look like they’ve been teaming up and doing stuff like this for years, not surprising considering how long they’ve known each other. These two have a great repore with each other with some funny lines of dialogue and good screen chemistry. I love the way they operate, their infiltration of The Fridge was cool and even more impressive is when Ward has to go back to Skye and create a believable story, so Garrett beats Ward up to make it look like he was in a heavy fight. That scene was just brutal and just shows how far they are in sync, its mad, but smart at the same time.
  • Grant Ward is SO Bad: Man this dude is dodgy. Ward is really playing up the fact that he is bad guy by busting Raina out of jail, hanging with Garrett, pretending to care for Skye and still pretending to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in general. This guy is so full of trickery. I liked both of his insightful conversations with Raina and Garrett, with Raina we discover that he got his former team’s trust by saving Simmons and sleeping with May and befriending Skye by being her superior officer. And with Garrett we find that he didn’t want Skye to be shot in the way that she did, but Garrett says that while he understands why Ward likes her, he says not to forget the mission and why he was doing it in the first place. We also learn that he’s been on the bad side since before joining Coulson’s team and that he really has been pretending the whole time, this makes Brett Dalton much cooler now.
  • Raina’s Back: So we catch up with Raina who has been stuck in jail making paper flowers (which doesn’t make her look weird or crazy at all), but then she’s sprung out by Ward and meets the famous Clairvoyant only to find out that is Garrett, but also that he has no special powers. Naturally she’s confused, cheated and disappointed by the events that take place between her, Ward and Garrett, but when she’s told that she’s needed for the centipede project again with all the resources at hand, she seems to fall right back into play again. I did miss this character and her odd yet calm demeanour and the fact that she may be able to solve the mystery behind Coulson’s death with all the samples that Garrett stole intrigues me.
  • The Return of Ian Quinn and the Gravitonium: Ah Ian Quinn, how I missed you. So after being busted out of jail, Quinn has no kind words for Garrett, rightfully so considering all the crap that Garrett did to him. But then when Garrett presents Quinn with the Gravitonium you can see that the dude is pleased. And rightfully so, when Grant and Ward found that special something at the bottom level of the Fridge I prayed that it was the Gravitonium and thank god it’s returned. Its been ages since it was last seen and if its come back into play now then there must be plans for it, I just wonder if that doctor is still in there.

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Other things I observed was the inclusion Patton Oswalt and Adrian Pasdar was great as Agent Eric Koenig and US Air Force Colonel Glenn Talbot (especially Oswalt he was hilarious). Koenig also let’s Coulson know that Fury is still alive and that only he can know about it (outside of Captain America, Maria Hill, Black Widow and Falcon). Agent Triplett is definitely sowing up a bit more and making himself known among the group, even if Fitz doesn’t like him and we also learn that Coulson plays Call of Duty, damn he just gets cooler al the time. And silly little Skye has her school girl crush on Ward, not knowing that she finding information to the enemy and that he’s just faking emotions! At least I hope he is and there’s no redemption for him.

What I Disliked

There wasn’t much I disliked this time around, I guess the only thing I would have wanted was more Gravitonium. 😛

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Conclusion

In conclusion “Providence” is another good episode. It puts the Hydra threat at the forefront and shows Garrett and Ward making movements and assembling their big guns by grabbing key characters and items from previous episodes. On top of that we ee that even though Coulson and his team aren’t necessarily an official organization anymore, they are still a team and still believe that there is hope.

Rating: 8.5/10

So what did you think of “Providence“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 19! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Turn, Turn, Turn” Review

Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my review of episode 17 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled Turn, Turn, Turn“. Okay so after a good returning episode last week, we finally have the episode that ties into Captain America: The Winter Soldier and obviously if you have seen the film recently, then you know that the actions of that film have ramifications that should effect this show too. So how has this week’s episode fared? Read on and find out. Spoilers to follow yo!

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As usual in these reviews I’m just gonna present the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Cool? Okay let’s keep going.

The Plot

Coulson and his team find themselves without anyone they can trust, only to discover that they are trapped with a traitor in their midst.

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What I Liked

Damn, this was some good stuff. This episode featured a lot of tension, character development and good story details with genuine twists that some wouldn’t see coming. While this isn’t my favourite episode, that would still be “T.R.A.C.K.S.” for me, however I would say that “Turn, Turn, Turn” is the best episode of the series so far.

So since a lot of stuff went down in this episode I’m just gonna go through a few highlights below:

  • Coulson Don’t Trust No Man: Poor Coulson, this guy is in freak out mode. Not only does he think that May is a traitor to his team (and he totally treats her like a criminal), but he then starts to suspect that Fitz and Simmons are possible people under suspicion too.
  • Hydra Lives Within S.H.I.E.L.D.: So just like in The Winter Soldier, Hydra decides to come out of the shadows and become known within S.H.I.E.L.D. which obviously causes confusion and fear within the our team and makes you look at everyone at the Hub like they’re all dodgy. It made for some tension and moments of uncertainty.
  • Victoria Hand Is Bad… But Then She Isn’t?: So at the end of “End of the Beginning” it looked like Hand was the bad guy and wanted Coulson and his team dead. Even in this episode she looked like she was part of Hydra, spouting all that talk of join Hydra or die to Agents Simmons and Triplett. But in the end she was just undercover, she was one of the good guys after all. Colour me surprised. I seriously thought she was Hydra, but I am kind of happy to know that she was good, it was a cool switch around from the writers.
  • Melinda May Still Shines Under Pressure: Poor May. Since the beginning she’s been my favourite character because of her kick ass martial arts skills, mysterious past and silent but dangerous nature. She’s gotten better and better with time. So it pains me to see her under suspicion from Coulson, that being said, with her reporting to Nick Fury on that private line on the Bus, Coulson has every reason to not trust her. The fact that she not only knew about Coulson’s recovery, but been reporting to Fury from the beginning and assembled the team instead of it being Coulson was an insane revelation.
  • Agent Garrett is Actually The Clairvoyant?: So this was again a bit of a surprise. My man Garrett, who I’d really gotten to like in the short time he has been part of the show is actually one of the bad guys. To be honest I should have suspected it, but I did like how his character has gone from being a cool recurring SHIELD agent to a pretty important bad guy. Now while Coulson accused him of being the Clairvoyant, he didn’t say that he specifically was, so there may be a chance that he’s just an accomplice working for the real man in charge. But hey I guess we’ll see in episodes to come.
  • Agent Ward is Dodgy After All!: This was the real game-changer. I know that Ward was under suspicion last episode, but I thought that he was too plain and nice to be a bad guy. But damn I was so wrong. Ward you cheeky bastard, you hid in plain sight, acted all boring, got some creditability in the last few episodes and now you’re a bad guy? You shoot two agents and Victor Hand, and you’re working for Garrett? You punk. But hell this makes for some really good story material. I can’t wait for Coulson and the team to find out and see how this affects Coulson and Skye especially (Coulson totally gonna feel like a fool for focusing his hate on May when it should have been directed over at Ward yo).

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What I Disliked

Now for what I didn’t like and while my problems with the episode were minor at best it is still worth talking about. Firstly this episode was meant to tie-in with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and while it did just that, I was hoping for more than just the Hydra infiltration and a small mentioning of Nick Fury’s [apparent] death and S.H.I.E.L.D. falling apart. Also I was a bit confused about the timing of this episode and where it takes place in relation to The Winter Soldier. I think because this episode took place right after the last took, the events of this episode must have taken place during the night when Cap and Black Widow discovered Arnim Zola, then recruited Falcon, then took Hydra and Cap destroyed the Helicarriers. Outside of those nitpicks it was a great episode.

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Conclusion

In conclusion “Turn, Turn, Turn” is probably the best episode of the series, it involves a lot detailed story elements from both the recent Captain America film and this TV series with many twists and turns. While I expected a bit more ties to The Winter Soldier film, the episode was definitely smart and thrilling and shows us that AoS has evolved since its inception into a good TV which long-term fans are getting the best out of.

Rating: 8.5/10 (The smartest, most thought-provoking episode yet)

So what did you think of “Turn, Turn, Turn“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 18! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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